(b. 1280/85, Siena, d. 1344, Avignon)

St Andrew

c. 1326
Tempera on wood, gold ground, 57,2 x 37,8 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The most influential Sienese painter of the early 14th century was Simone Martini. His Gothic style, which combined extraordinary descriptive subtlety with decorative beauty, spread throughout Europe. This panel, one of five belonging to a portable altarpiece (two companion panels are in the Robert Lehman Collection), is an excellent example of the delicacy and richness of Simone's work. The drawing of the hands is remarkably sensitive, and the folds of the pink robe, modeled in green, are beautifully worked. Especially notable is the rich tooling of the gold background.